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We take clean drinking water for granted. Even in a city like Mekele supply is a big problem. Many thanks to Aqua Pura who donated a simple water purifier so that we can clean collected rain water and give our students clean drinking water when the municipal supply is cut off. This is a very regular occurence.
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Thank you for helping us raise more than SFr 80,000 in May 2018!
Thank you also for all our volunteers, walkers and participants and the evening BBQ.
Our next walk is planned for Saturday 18th May 2019. Please hold the date. This annual event makes a huge contribution to our annual fund raising work!
We have had a busy few months at the Nicolas Robinson School and so we are sharing our updates between a few short messages.
This message is focussing on the science activities at the school and how these activities and other mind-broadening activities have enabled our students to have opportunities they would never have expected.
Thanks to the generosity of the small UK charity, Yellobric, and the ever enthusiastic manager, Gavin, we have not only distributed Nook e-readers to enable the students to read more widely and study the school curriculum on the readers, but also, he has found supporters to set up a race between 6 schools in the UK, Ethiopia and South Africa to launch a helium balloon, track it and take weather readings. The students worked in small teams and had to calculate the payload of the balloon to allow the balloon to get to the right altitude, land in a spot where it could be found and then track it and find it. The schools also collaborated in learning about each other and designing logos and mascots for each other. Many disciplines were involved. We were there for the balloon launch in June. Thank you, Gavin.
The day before the parents day, our senior science students, and also members of the science clubs from grade 7 upwards, prepared experiments and designed projects. They were proudly able to explain these to the hundreds of visitors who came during the Saturday open day. In the evening, we even had a visit of some senior government ministers and representatives of Ethiopia’s Investment Commission. Such is the dedication of our teachers and students, many of them stayed until 7pm at night in order to present their work. They were at school again in the morning before 7am, preparing for the graduation ceremony!
We have found many special talents amongst our students as a result of this work, and many of them will have opportunities in the future. However, this year we are especially proud to announce that Feven had the opportunity to apply for United World College and has won a scholarship for full fees and travel to study for her IB in Thailand. She is a pioneer for the Nicolas Robinson School, and we hope many other students will get a chance to follow in her footsteps in the future. Feven is passionate about science, active in the clubs, and did a lot of computer programming of the raspberry pi for the space race. She wants to study medicine one day and help people in her home country. We wish her every success in her IB studies and we hope she can go on to study medicine in a top university in a couple of years from now.
Please enjoy the video which you can watch by following this link:
Our very best wishes
Kathryn and Max
We are currently in Mekele together with many visiting volunteers who have spent the past 1-2 weeks with us at the school, and will soon be leaving to spend Christmas at home.
Here in Ethiopia, Christmas is celebrated on 7th January and from 22nd December this year to 6th January 2018, the school will be welcoming two volunteers from the PUM organisation in the Netherlands. They are returning to the school to teach cooking and catering skills to students in our vocational training unit and are giving up their family time as well as the Christmas celebration at home to help these students gain future employment. We will post more from their visit after the New Year on Facebook and Twitter; meanwhile we thank them very much indeed for their dedication.
It has been a busy and successful year for students and staff alike at the Nicolas School and we particularly would like to credit the dedication and hard work of our school staff as they all work together to give the 1,400 students at the Nicolas Robinson School the very best possible start in life.
We would also like to thank the many volunteers who have been to the school during 2017. A few of them can be seen engaged in training activities in the latest video update (the link is at the end of this letter) – many others have been thanked in previous newsletters. Our staff really appreciate the special effort made by our visitors and they love to meet people from a different country and culture and to learn from them and share ideas. It is also a great opportunity for many of our visitors to meet the children whom they sponsor.
As we seek to discover the talent in every child we are keen to encourage music, art and sport in addition to the academic curriculum. This year for the first time, we are running a social science stream as well as natural science for grades 11 and 12. Those of you who have skills in marketing, music, sport, economics, history or geography are very welcome to contribute – please email us if you would like to get involved.
Our technical training project continues to run very nicely and our first trainees are now employed in local hotels, having followed our hotel & catering training program. We have good management support for this program from the leading hotel in Mekele (Planet Hotel) which has also provided experienced staff to train our students. There are many new industrial and commercial companies starting up in and around Mekele and we are now searching for the next partnership for our vocational training program.
We are always looking to improve the school’s materials, especially learning materials and as you open your Christmas presents, upgrade your i-Pads or phones, or your children move to more sophisticated learning games, please think of the school and let us know if you have second-hand items in good condition that we could take to the school and share with the students and staff.
Here is the link to our end-of-year video update:-
Together with all the staff and students at the Nicolas Robinson School in Mekele, Ethiopia, we wish you and your families all the very best for this festive season.
Kathryn and Max
We hope you are all well and enjoying a lovely summer.
This time of year is always very special at the Nicolas Robinson School as we celebrate the end of another school year and the graduation of many of our students.
This year our kindergarten class dressed up in their gowns to graduate to primary school. Meanwhile, grade 12 students, who have just completed their national exams, looked very elegant young adults as they received their certificates. They will learn their final scores and their placements (university and subject) during September. We are very grateful to the Zurich International School which kindly provided these graduation gowns used by their past students and they are now used and re-used for each graduation ceremony at the Nicolas Robinson School.
Our students put on an excellent show of drama, singing and dancing, and the kindergarten children treated us to their own version of “Ethiopia’s got Talent” which was superb and had all of the audience laughing and set the happy mood of the day.
The graduation ceremony started with a rendition of the Ethiopian national anthem with recorders and a smart, well-presented march all done by our new Scout troop (boys and girls).
If anyone is in the scout movement and would like to partner and support our new club at the school, please do let us know by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The day before graduation, many of the older students demonstrated their skills in IT, science, and art. They presented their work to parents and visitors in English and in Tigrinia with confidence and we were very proud of them all.
There is such a lot going on at this time of year at the School, we will send out another update, later in the year with more news.
In the meantime we thank you for the great support and wish you a wonderful summer.
Please click on this link to see the latest video in which you will hear about an innovative program to engage parents in the school’s education program as well as an impressive graduation speech by one of our 12th grade students.
Many thanks to George Potts who raised £17,000 and reached the South Pole in December 2017
He traversed 111km of terrain in Antarctica (or “one degree” of the Earth’s surface) this Christmas. He set off from Punta Arenas on the Southern tip of Chile on the 18th of December and arrived at the Geographic South Pole on the 28th of December.
He pulled a sled laden with 40kg of supplies and camping equipment for 9 hours a day in temperatures averaging -25C/-13F (which wind chill takes nearer -50C/-58F). He will be doing so at an elevation of 10,000 ft. above sea level, which physiologically feels like 11,000ft due to atmospheric pressure at the poles.
Thinking of volunteering? Trying to imagine the experience? One of our volunteers has kindly set up a blog, sharing her experience and that of other volunteers. Volunteers at the Nicolas School are invited to contribute and you can read more and learn from some personal experiences here
Bolton Junior Girls school raised more than £800 in February! They had great fun dressing up as rainbows. They also drew a rainbow in chalk in the playground and filled it with pennies! Many thanks indeed to the girls and staff for a creative idea!
It was a lovely way to raise funds! Fun and creative!
We have just returned home after spending nearly 2 months in Ethiopia. During that time we have had 9 volunteers at the school, they stayed from 5 days to 5 weeks. Some were on their first visit others have been many times. Contributions were varied, as well as science and English, a farmer visited, a long term volunteer from Farmer2farmer, sponsored by Catholic Relief Society in Ethiopia and USAID. Also a lot of work was done during this time in the kindergarten. 3 volunteers worked over a 9 week period to really upgrade the teaching skills. The training has had a great impact and skills and ideas improved a huge amount.
The biggest change at the school was that we have finally started to implement our short course training. Our very first course was for 10 students, on food preparation. All the students are from families of our local partner organisation, one of whom has a disability herself and will be employed by the school when she completes her training. The students are currently on the work placement part of the course. They are spending 3 days a week in the 3 best hotels in the town. The other 3 days they continue with practical training, English skills, and civics/good working practice. We are also very fortunate to be supported by PUM, a Dutch training organisation. We have developed a good cooperation with them, and their train the trainer programmes as well. 2 trainers from PUM are expected to return at the end of April to help and advise us, local trainers and our second group of students. We would like to thank 2 generous foundations who have supported us in this project. One foundation financed the workshop construction and another is financing the installation of equipment, initial running costs as we develop the training programme. This has been a great boost to the progress of our project.
We have been supported by several organisations and fundraising efforts to install showers in the secondary school. This is encouraging young people to do more sport. Especially the girls are happier to have a shower after sport. All our staff also benefit from this facility and the girls are encouraged to stay at school for the whole month, as they have access to clean water to help them with hygiene. On the video you can also see our water cleaning system, also sponsored, which purifies well water to drinking quality via a water softener and an ultra-filtration unit.
Finally we would like to thank all our donors for their continuous and significant contributions. More than 60% of our funding comes from private individual such as yourself. Whatever the size of the donation, it all goes directly to the project and makes an impact directly on the future of 1400 young people and indirectly to their families, the 160 staff members at the school and any supporting workers, from the construction companies, the ladies who run our staff café and the neighbouring small garment company who makes the school uniforms
Thank you all again for your help and support and watch the video!
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Thinking of volunteering? Trying to imagine the experience? One of our volunteers has kindly set up a blog, sharing